"My ultimate goal with RCLA is to have a functioning tennis shop in Southern California (and beyond) that also serves as a meeting place for players of all levels," Paskal says. "I envision a place that brings the best aspects of private clubs (socializing, routine, community), but merging it with a modern and updated one stop tennis shop."
For now, Paskal is working hard to bring back the classic tennis outfits from the '70s. Currently on the Racquet Club LA site customers can purchase hats, bags, oversized sweatshirts and even the keys that were "stolen" from the club.
"It was the very first design I thought up after talking to my mom about the idea I was playing around with [a tongue-in-cheek take on the country club]," She says of the fun times her mom had growing up in the '70s, where she and her friends were constantly being kicked out of the club for not abiding by the archaic and stodgy rules. "I had a lightbulb moment where I realized this was exactly what I wanted RCLA to look like, a club for all of those that have shed those restrictions and dated rules, but are still a tight-knit community of people in the know. We were stealing the keys from the old guard and starting a new, way more fun club."
With nearly 9,000 followers on Instagram, it's safe to say that the club of like-minded individuals is growing and is eager to break the rules of tennis' rigid past.
"The biggest takeaway I would love people to have from my brand is the ethos, 'Live Life Leisurely'. You can have your cake and eat it too, get out there on the court and dress in those tennis whites and pearls, while also being the person who just picked up the sport a few months back and has never stepped foot in a country club. This sport isn't for just one group anymore," she says.